WILDER: WE CAN HAN­DLE THE HEAT

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Char­lie Ben­nett

SH­EFFIELD United have a his­tory of choking in the League One run-in – whether it’s los­ing in the play-offs or fail­ing to fin­ish in the top six af­ter an en­cour­ag­ing start to the cam­paign.

But boss Chris Wilder in­sists this year’s crop will not wilt so eas­ily as they con­tinue to charge to­wards the Cham­pi­onship.

The Blades en­joyed a seven-point gap at the sum­mit of League One be­fore Satur­day’s clash with Rochdale – los­ing just one of their pre­vi­ous six games.

And 49-year-old Wilder has brushed off ques­tion marks over their men­tal state as they edge nearer the sec­ond tier for the first time in six years.

“Peo­ple keep ask­ing me about the lads get­ting caught up in things or feel­ing the heat,” Wilder said.

“All I can say is: if they are, they’re cer­tainly hid­ing it from me.

“Some peo­ple might find it a prob­lem but th­ese boys don’t.

“That’s not com­pla­cency. Far, far from it. That’s some­thing we never are be­cause this is a dif­fi­cult league full of tal­ented teams.

“But, with re­gards to that ques­tion – can the lads han­dle it men­tally? – yes, of course they can.”

FAITH: Chris Wilder

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